The patterned pillow case on the right took me four years to make.
A pillow case that took four years to make? You were sorta expecting it to be woven from gold, huh?
Sorry to disappoint. It’s just a plain old everyday pillow case.
So what took so long?
Four years ago the hubby surprised me with a sewing machine for Christmas. I took a basic sewing class and made the pillow on the left. I loved the floral and bird print design, but it didn’t fully incorporate into any current decorating scheme.
So I stuck it in the office and forgot about it.
I intended to go back to the store and pick up more fabric, but
got lazy life happened and I moved on to other projects.
Then we moved. And moved again.
While unwrapping boxes I stumbled on this lonely little pillow case again and decided it was time to make its mate.
At the same time I decided to join a new Meetup group for sewing where the first project was…making a pillow case. It was fate.
Then I remembered I didn’t have any extra fabric.
Off I went to Joann’s Fabrics will the pillow case in tow praying to the fabric gods that they still carried the same pattern. From four years ago. Which I bought in a store across the country.
Luckily they did.
They didn’t have the coordinating blue fabric that I used for trim so I picked up one in a coral hue. I kinda like that the two pillows have contrasting trim. What do you think?
It might have taken me four years to do it, but this slow turtle is getting ‘er done.
- Get extra fabric. When starting a sewing project that has a coordinating mate or doesn’t currently go with your decorating scheme, but you want to use anyways, pick up extra fabric so that you can do another project with it down the road. Better safe than sorry, right?
- Join a craft group. Truthfully? I probably still wouldn’t have finished the second pillow case had it not been for joining the Meetup sewing group. If you’re a hobby dabbler like me and need help staying focused on projects, joining a crafting club will keep you on track.
- Just do it already. Don’t suffer from paralysis by analysis. Stop waiting for “the perfect time” to finish a project or wait to complete something because you’re waiting to redo the entire room. I’m far from done from overhauling the bedding in this room to coordinate with the pillows, but just the act of having them on my bed was the boost I needed to set the rest of the plan in motion.
I’m in the process of converting this guest bedroom to pull double duty as a home office now that my old office is turning into the baby’s room.
Other plans for this space:
- New bedding. Pick up colorful, pattern sheets for the bed.
- Hang pictures. Intentionally hang artwork in the room rather than randomly putting pictures on wall nails that were already there (see that little guy who is oddly hovering behind the bed?).
- Organize desk and office supplies. And stop being a hoarder to keep the office/guest bedroom tidy.
- Install closet system. The current closet has just one basic rod and installing shelves would greatly increase functionality.
More updates on this space will be coming soon.
And tell me, what types of projects do you still have to finish?